Jardín Botánico Lankester

Another beautiful place we visited on our trip to Costa Rica, was the Jardín Botánico Lankester in Cartago. This botanical garden is part of the University of Costa Rica to promote enjoyment, conservation and education. They focus on sustainable use of the epiphytic flora through scientific research, horticulture, and environmental education and pay special attention to orchids.

I don’t know much about different types of flowers and plants, but this was a really beautiful place to visit and spend an afternoon. It’s open to the public and you can even purchase flower cuttings to take home and plant yourself. Enjoy!

Linda Vista

During my two-week trip to Costa Rica, we visited several very interesting horticulture companies, gardens, conservatories etc. The first place was in Linda Vista, Costa Rica. This is the location of a growing and production facility for Ball Horticultural Company. Ball is the leading North American producer and distributor of ornamental plants and their seeds.

One of Ball’s largest facilities is the one that I visited in Linda Vista.It’s a truly beautiful place and was very interesting to watch the workers trim and breed the ornamental plants and flowers.

Hope you enjoy some of my photographs from the visit!

Ball Hort

Ball Hort

Ball Hort

Costa Rican Overview

Last year, I was able to take a two week class trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We were able to drive through most of the country, visit with locals and learn about the different agricultural products those countries have to offer. It was an incredible trip and opportunity to visit such beautiful countries.

Costa Rica

Map of Costa Rica

The service and tourism industry has taken over Costa Rica recently. The service industry now represents over 70% of their national GDP with industrial at 22% and agriculture coming in third with only 6%. While this is a big change and a dramatic decrease in the agricultural GPD, 14% of the workforce is in agriculture.

The main exports and products that Costa Rica produces won’t be a shock to anyone – coffee, bananas, pineapples, sugar and ornamental plants. Familiar companies such as Dole, Del Monte, Ball Horticulture and Grupo Acon play large roles in production across the state.

Check back later this week to see more of Costa Rica and its beautiful products 🙂